The object is a leather pouch with a leather drawstring closure at the top. There are several decorative details on the pouch: a row of leather fringe on the bottom, three appliques of leather fringe on its face, and groupings of glass beading along the bottom edge and on the fringe appliques.
The contents inside the pouch include a handwritten note on a scrap of lined paper describing the owner of the pipe and its provenance, a typed transcription of the same note, a dark red pipe bowl with black and silver accents, a small wooden pipe stem (about 1.5 inches long), and a wooden tamper. There is also a sizeable quantity of an unknown crushed red substance, likely tobacco although it does not smell like tobacco.
The note transcription states:
"Chief of the Sioux Agency at Morton, Minnesota
He has a Chippewa name because his
mother was a Chippewa. His father ws
a Sioux from North Dakota. His name is
'Koo-koo-koo-oo which means 'Owl.'
Summer of 1958 he had a stroke and will
probably pass away before next spring.
He gave me this as a gift and I give
it to Fred Manfred."
|Owned||Koo-koo-koo-oo; Manfred, Frederick|
|Dimensions||W-5.125 L-10.75 D-1.525 inches|
|Collection||Manfred, Frederick Collection|